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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 13 Jun 2000

Vol. 521 No. 1

Written Answers. - Grocery Industry.

Jack Wall


40 Mr. Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on the report of the Competition Authority on the Groceries Order; when she proposes to make a decision on this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16509/00]

I published the report of the Competition and Mergers Review Group on 4 May 2000. The group, which was chaired by Mr. Michael Collins, SC, has made some 40 recommendations on a variety of aspects of competition and mergers legislation, the enforcement of competition law, including the groceries order, and the administration of mergers law.

A majority of the review group recommended that the groceries order be repealed.

I am aware of the strong views held by various groups, commercial and other on this matter. I intend to consult all interested parties and when I have heard their views I will make my decision.

In the interim, the order remains in force.